Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo can put last campaign’s misery behind him and fire new club Inter Milan back into the Champions League this season.
The Italian, who managed just three goals on English soil following his club-record move to St Mary’s from Roma, has started this season on fire and looks a far cry from the player that struggled last term.
Inter have started the season sluggishly but currently reside third in the table, and with Napoli and Fiorentina beginning poorly they can take full advantage and mount a challenge for a place amongst Europe’s elite once again.
Despite having found the rigours of the Premier League a difficult challenge, the 28-year-old has previously enjoyed fruitful spells during his time in his native homeland.
Initial spells at Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina and Bologna looked to have hampered his development as a youngster, but Barcelona manager Luis Enrique managed to coax the best from the Italian forward during his time in Rome.
Signed from La Liga outfit Espanyol having scored 22 times in 47 games, Osvaldo’s career finally ignited under Enrique’s stewardship scoring 11 times in 26 appearances during his maiden season in the capital.
The 2012/2013 season saw more outstanding moments from the maverick, with his 17 goals in 31 appearances helping establish himself amongst the finest marksmen in the division and also alerted Mauricio Pochettino to his services.
Having managed to maintain their position in England’s top flight, Southampton spent big to lure the forward to the Premier League hoping his goals could deliver yet another season of success.
However his time outside of Serie A became marred by poor performances on the pitch and controversy off it, with his frustration evident during a match against Newcastle United in December where he was given a three-match ban for becoming embroiled in a brawl.
Mere weeks later his route back into the side became permanently blocked with the club suspending him following a fight with team-mate Jose Fonte, where Osvaldo was the instigator.
As a means of exile he was loaned out to Antonio Conte’s Juventus, but after struggling to make an impact and finding the net on just three occasions he was returned following the end of his loan deal.
Osvaldo has moved to the San Siro on loan again, but his move could become permanent if he becomes a vital clog of the machine.
Diego Milito’s summer departure left a significant void in Walter Mazzarri’s attacking arsenal, but he may have pulled off one of the signings of the summer if his newest recruit replicates the form of yesteryear.
He has found the net three times already, and scored a wonderful scissor-kick during their 2-0 win over Atalanta on Wednesday evening.
Finally it seems he is making the headlines for all the right reasons, and Inter have a hero they have craved for years.